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Education Collections and Services

This guide will introduce you to the services, facilities and resources available to students and academic staff.

Referencing - Your Obligations


If you draw upon other people's work in your writing and research and do not acknowledge those sources, you can be accused of plagiarism.

  • Citations allow your readers to follow up sources you have referred to, so citing is in the interests of scholarly investigation and the sharing of ideas.

  • Acknowledgement of another's work through accurate citations is not only good academic practice but also a legal requirement. Plagiarism can be deliberate or accidental: both forms are unacceptable.

Referencing Checklist

These resources provide an overview

You will need to refer to an APA style guide
  • A style guide is an essential reference for the requirements of APA, they address the ordering and formatting of the reference list and creating in-text citations.
Be aware that citations created using automated generator tools won't be 100% correct.
  • Before you submit an assessment task, we highly recommend you cross-check your references against the sample citations provided in an APA 6th ed. style guide and correct any errors.
    • You should cross check the capitalization, punctuation and manually add missing elements
    • Note: APA 6th style, requires you to include a DOI (digital object identifier) for electronic journal articles citations, if the article has one. The DOI usually appears at the top of the article or in the database record for the article and came into use from the year 2000. See for more information.

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University of Melbourne Library - Online Referencing Tool


re:cite is an online referencing tool produced by the University of Melbourne Library.
It provides examples for creating in-text citations and references in a number of styles, including APA

Reference Management Programs

Reference management software guides

The Getting started with reference management guide is a recommended starting point, for investigating the benefits of using reference management programs and the best tool to support your individual needs.

Reference management tools
Software provided by the Library for staff and students
  • RefWorks - guide to setting up an account, adding references and citing - useful for group work
  • EndNote - getting software, guides, tutorials, FAQs

Online APA ebooks, manuals and guides

Borrow. Quick reference guides. APA 6th style

These quick reference guides are available for loan and offer concise summaries of the basics of APA 6th style.

Spotlight on Plagiarism

The best way to avoid plagiarism is through good academic writing.

Here is a list of resources that explain the facts about plagiarism and how to avoid it by strengthening your writing style. Try a quick quiz to self assess your knowledge and understanding of plagiarism.

Make sure you are familar with the University of Melbourne Academic Misconduct Policy